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MA Art Business (Online)


MA Art Business (Online)

Fall 2024

Through immersive online learning, the MA Art Business (Online) degree enables you to cultivate expertise in art business and attain a comprehensive understanding of art markets and management.

Sotheby’s Institute of Art has designed an online delivery of our signature MA in Art Business. The Online MA in Art Business delivers all of the academic content remotely. The curriculum remains aligned with the listed in-person MA at Sotheby’s Institute in New York and is accredited by NASAD (the National Association of Schools of Art and Design). Some modifications to the curriculum have been implemented to reflect best practices in online learning, as well as to better meet the needs of students, both domestic and international, for whom a degree completed over 18 to 24 months in an online mode is well adapted to their ongoing professional and personal commitments.

This program combines academic rigor with cutting-edge virtual learning technologies.

MA in Art Business (Online) students will be immersed in case studies that offer firsthand experience, such as analyzing the impact of blockchain technology on art transactions. Students interact with each other and learn together in projects and other activities.

The curriculum is designed to reflect the dynamic nature of the art market, ensuring that students stay updated on emerging technologies and market trends. Download the Master’s prospectus.


  • Renowned speakers and thought leaders Guest speakers from renowned international art organizations provide valuable insights and global perspective. Past speakers for our MA in Art Business program have included Charles F. Stewart, Noah Horowitz, Jerry Saltz, Kate Rothko Prizel, Nanne Dekking, Thelma Golden, Dominique Levy, Alfredo Jaar, and Shirin Neshat.

  • Build a portfolio Signature student projects include designing themed auction sales catalogues, writing condition reports, curating art exhibitions and collections, valuation problem-solving, contract negotiating preparation, articulating critical reviews, and entrepreneurial project planning.

  • Join a growing professional community Foster networking opportunities and career growth by connecting with an extensive network of art professionals, offering virtual access to career fairs and internships.

  • Extensive databases and electronic library resources In addition to important academic resources such as JSTOR and the ProQuest suite of databases, students have access to Lexis/Nexus and important professional art market resources such as Artnet and ArtPrice plus hundreds of thousands of ebooks via ProQuest eBook Central.

  • Immersive case studies The curriculum reflects the dynamic nature of the art market, equipping students with up-to-date knowledge on emerging technologies and market trends.


Lawrence S. Motz

Adjunct Faculty, MA, New York

Lawrence S. Motz is an adjunct faculty member at Sotheby's Institute New York. Upon graduation from business school, Motz became an institutional emerging markets bond trader and later an investment banker with Prudential Securities, PaineWebber (UBS), and Kaufman Brothers, a boutique investment bank specializing in telecommunications. During that time, he also co-founded and served as CFO of eNet China, an early online Internet retailer headquartered in Beijing, China.

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Klaudia Ofwona Draber

Faculty, MA Art Business, New York

Klaudia Ofwona Draber is a curator and the founder of KODA—a social practice residency for mid-career artists. She has lived and led arts, technology and strategy projects in Europe, Africa, and the United States. Her professional experience includes working as the Head of Public Relations at the Polish Cultural Institute New York, and as a consultant to the British Council Arts. She also worked at UBS, managing global change and local arts CSR projects.

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Judith B. Prowda

Faculty, MA Art Business, New York

Judith Prowda has been a member of the Sotheby’s institute of Art Masters of Art Business Faculty since 2007. She is an attorney, mediator, and arbitrator focused on art law, copyright, entertainment and commercial law. She is a founding member of Stropheus Art Law, a collective of art law and business specialists who offer unbundled services to the art community.

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Betsy Thomas

Adjunct Faculty, MA Art Business, New York and Online Premier

Betsy Thomas is the founder of a boutique art advisory firm providing professional representation for collectors. She advises on buying and selling in all areas of fine art from Old Master, American & 19th C. paintings to Impressionist, Modern & Contemporary Masters. Previously Betsy was Vice President and Associate Specialist in the 19th Century European Paintings Department at Christie’s.

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Maria Sancho-Arroyo

Adjunct Faculty, MA Art Business, New York and Online Premier

Maria brings over 25 years of international experience in the art world, first at museums – National Museum of Catalan Art, MNAC, in Barcelona and at the Louvre in Paris- then at Sotheby’s Auction House in London. During her time at Sotheby’s, she gained experience in all aspects of the auction world with a focus on business and client development. She has participated in numerous auctions and worked closely with all Sotheby’s European offices.

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Dr. Eric M. Wolf

Head Librarian and Adjunct Faculty MA, New York

Eric is a librarian, art historian, lecturer and scholar. His research interests range from Italian Renaissance art and architecture, to large post-war site-specific installations, to the history and theory of museums. He has worked at museums including the Frick Collection in New York and the Menil Collection in Houston.

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Valencia Tong

Faculty, New York

Valencia Tong is an award-winning writer, digital marketer, growth strategist, and consultant who specializes in art, business, law, technology, and luxury. Valencia previously oversaw an e-learning platform with 150,000+ users, where she led a team of engineers, designers, educators, editors, and content developers. She is an expert in luxury lifestyle branding and she has also spearheaded digital marketing campaigns for businesses, trade organizations, and non-profits.

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  • Academic Structure

    Academic Structure

    The MA Art Business (Online) program is designed to be completed in a minimum of 2 years (4 semesters/24 months), though students have the flexibility to complete the program at their own pace, in as long as 5 semesters or on an accelerated 18-month track. Students begin their classes in the Fall semester, take a minimum of 2 classes per semester and follow the sequence of classes and subject areas covered in the in-person program.

    The weekly instruction involves two pre-recorded video lectures for students to view on their own schedule, as well as one live virtual class section per week held at a scheduled time. Students are supported throughout by extensive library resources, faculty advisors, and opportunities for peer collaboration. This blended online approach allows working professionals and students from all backgrounds to complete their MA in Art Business affordably and with maximum flexibility while still gaining deep engagement with faculty and peers.

    Sotheby’s Institute of Art offer the flexibility to transfer credits towards MA programs in other universities.

  • Program Dates

    Program Dates

    September 2024 Entry

    September 2024 – May 2026 (the program can also be completed on an accelerated track of three semesters)


    • Early Action Deadline: December 1, 2023
    • Priority Decision and Scholarship Deadline: March 1, 2024
    • Regular Decision Deadline: May 1, 2024
  • Tuition & Fees

    Tuition & Fees

    Semester 1: 9 credits
    Semester 2: 9 credits
    Semester 3: 9 credits
    Semester 4: 9 credits

    Tuition: $1,370 per credit

    Please note that the number of credits and total tuition each semester may vary depending on your selection of the standard or accelerated track.

    Students enrolled in the Online MA Art Business also have the option to take part in the in-person Field Study. Each field study trip typically ranges from $3,800 to $5,000 according to the destination. Travel fees are indicative only and subject to change.

    For more information on tuition and program fees, click here.

    Time Commitment: Part-time or full-time students take a minimum of two classes per semester and follow the sequence of classes delivered in person.

  • Frequently Asked Questions

    Frequently Asked Questions

    From application information to course credits, find answers on our FAQ page. If you don’t find the answer you’re looking for, contact an Admissions counselor.

  • Student Policies

    Student Policies

    Explore our library of academic and campus policies here. All students who enroll for graduate study must agree to the Terms and Conditions upon accepting their offer of admittance.

    The MA Art Business (Online) degree is awarded by Sotheby’s Institute of Art-New York. Sotheby’s Institute of Art-New York holds degree-granting authority from the Board of Regents of the University of the State of New York and is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design.

  • Prospectus


    Download the Master’s degree prospectus for an in-depth look at the curriculum and what to expect this academic year.

  • Enterprise Studio

    Enterprise Studio

    The Enterprise Studio was created as an extra-curricular program for Master’s students to receive training and support for new business ventures, culminating in a start-up pitch competition, the Gavel. Through close access to mentors, students have the chance to shape their plans from ideation to execution with the winning Gavel team receiving significant seed funding for their future business.